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Daily Dosage - Apr. 24, 2009

Daily Diarrhea

Sykora Dan Bylsma made a few roster changes after a win in game #4, sitting down Petr Sykora and Kris Letang in favour of Miroslav Satan and Philippe Boucher.  So now what's he supposed to do after the Penguins were shutout in game #5, stand pat?

Pittsburgh couldn't get one past the wall that is Marty Biron last night as he stopped 28 shots for the first of three shutouts on the night to keep Philadelphia on the brink of elimination.

The second donut last night was from Marty Brodeur, who was obviously giving the refs a giant F-U with his 44 save shutout performance.

Hiller Lastly, the third shutout of the night was from Jonas Hiller, his second of the series, and that one puts Anaheim into a commanding 3-1 series lead.  Hiller's been the difference as he' has a 1.51 gaa with a .959 sv% while the Sharks Evgeni Nabokov has struggled in the series with a 2.78 gaa with a .888 sv% 

No shutout for Steve Mason after he led the league in blankings during the regular season... he gave up six goals on 41 shots last night for his fourth straight loss and finishes his playoff debut with a 4.26 gaa & .878 sv%. 

Mason did get a little help last night from the Columbus offense and even our buddy Kristian Huselius got into the act with a goal and an assist.... his goal was his first in 21 games. 

Two goals last night for Bobby Ryan and the rookie maybe doesn't understand that the Calder votes have already been tabulated as he continues his impressive rookie season.  That's goals in three straight games and four in total during the series and he appears to be taking his game to another level on a line with Getzlaf and Perry, playing more minutes than he did during the regular season.

Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):

Samsonov Sergei Samsonov was a no-go last night for game #5.  He has a LBI and is listed as day-to-day.  He only has one assist and a shot to show for the first four games so Carolina shouldn't miss him too much. 

Anton Babchuk was also scratched from last night's game but word is that it was of the healthy variety.

Daily Distraction

What's distracting us today?  Canada v Belarus today at the World Championships in Switzerland... should be quite a battle... dirty, greasy, scratching and clawing... and that's just on the Belarussian bench between Mikhail Grabovski and the Kostitsyn brothers.  No seriously, shouldn't be much of a test for Canada and unfortunately the Kostitsyn's aren't on the roster (yet, they could be added later) so we won't even have that storyline to follow.